One of the first things I noticed while trekking through Germany is the umbrella filled spaces in front of cafes. Hailing from the U.S., it’s not that we don’t have outdoor eating areas, it’s that they’re not the standard here. Usually reserved for nice weather and sunny days, the outdoor space of a café or restaurant isn’t as utilized as it is in Germany. A little drizzle? Indoors we go. Too hot or too cold? Indoors to the lovely air conditioning or heating. Not in Germany! Whether hot or cold or a little rainy not much stops people from sitting outside to enjoy their meal. Mostly, I think because of necessity.